This reached a climax in 2001 when Nazdratenko, the governor of Primorskii
Krai, directly confronted Moscow using the supposed threat from China as leverage for demanding greater economic aid.
camp, he complained, "freed itself of its ballast and thereby improved its statistics." (101) The sanitation department director for the Molotov oblast UITLK, a certain Toma, explained that her institution's mortality rate would have been lower had she been allowed to release sick prisoners: "Since August 1944, we almost never released people as incurables [po neizlechimosti]....
If Russia would later acquire additional land, in particular the Maritime region (Primorskii
krai) with the Treaty of Beijing in 1860, the Russian state had essentially found its 'natural limits' (Wolff, 1995).
Koreans lived in the territory of the contemporary Maritime District (Primorskii
krai) until the arrival of Russian migrants there.
The same problems of demographic decline, low investment, corruption, and neglect from Moscow persist and continue to dog development in Primorskii
Krai and elsewhere in the Russian Far East.
More than five billion pounds of largely unprocessed wood from Russia's Primorskii
Krai region, in the southeastern part of the country, enter China each year.
Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reported that both sides reached agreement on reinvigorating bilateral cooperation in energy, specifically the possibility of creating an LNG and gas chemical plant in Russia's Maritime Province (also known as Primorskii
Krai) as well as the development of coal fields in Yakutia and Tuva.
For example, in 2005 trade between Primorskii
krai (Maritime province) and China reached USD1.4bn, a 72 percent increase on the previous year.
(6.) Bulletin: Development of Economic Reforms in Primorskii
Krai from January to June 1997 (Primorskii
Krai Committee on Statistics), 20; Amur Region: Guidebook for Businessmen (Vostokincenter, 1994); The Russian Far East: A Business Reference Guide, (3rd Ed., 1997-98) 156-157; As cited in Rorem & Giovarelli, op.
 en Barbados y Trinidad (18,5% y 21,3%); por Kir'yanov y Yaroshenko  en Primorskii
, Rusia (7,7%) y, por Childs y col.
Much of the population of Primorskii
is concentrated within a few hundred kilometres of the Russian - North Korean (DPRK) border.
However, the ease with which the conflict in Chechnya was blown up into a full-scale war highlights the tensions still inherent in post-Soviet Russia's federal relations, and the political crisis in the Primorskii
region in the Russian Far East reveals the very real limits that exist on federal authority during the transition period.(1) At this stage of the process, therefore, Russia has reached something of a "crossroads."(2) It faces a choice between different models of federalism and federal relations.